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Rare and fatal brain disease in two deer hunters heightens concerns about CWD

extremely rare brain disease and died, raising fears that they may have been infected by contaminated venison.

A team of neurologists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio presented the case at a conference last week, saying the deer herd surrounding the lodge is known to be infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD) – a fatal brain disease in deer caused by misfolded prion proteins.

"The patient's history, including a similar case in his social group, suggests a possible novel animal-to-human transmission of CWD," the researchers wrote.


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